Online Course Offerings

Thank you for a successful 20-21 Wintersession. Our fully online 2021 Summer Sessions begins Monday, May 24. A variety of 4- and 6-week sessions run throughout the term. Enrollment begins Monday, March 22!

All Wintersession courses are fully online (unless otherwise noted) delivered through Blackboard 9.1. All enrolled students can access their course(s) two weeks before the first day of classes via MyUAlbany. Students are encouraged to use the two weeks before the winter term begins to review the course syllabus and requirements and familiarize themselves with Blackboard. Technical issues (if any) should be resolved prior to the 20-21 Wintersession start date of Thursday, December 17, 2020.

Thank you for your interest in Wintersession 2020-21 at the University at Albany. Wintersession 20-21 will begin Thursday, December 17, 2020, and run through Friday, January 15, 2021. All Wintersession courses are fully online delivered in Blackboard 9.1 and accessible via the Internet. Advance Registration for Wintersession 2020-21 begins in November. Dates to be announced soon.

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Courses

 

College of Arts & Sciences


Africana Studies

A Afs 213 (Class # 1230)
History of Civil Rights Movement (3)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the historical development and maturation of the movement for civil rights in the United States. It will examine the development of resistance movements and the philosophies of those involved within the movements during the antebellum, post Civil War and contemporary times.
Instructor: Jennifer Burns

A Afs 286 (Class # 1229)
African Civilization (3)
Africa from prehistoric times to 1800 with emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa, the development of indigenous states and their response to Western and Eastern contacts. Only one version of A AFS 286 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: David Agum

A Afs 287 (Class # 1012)
Africa in the Modern World (3)
Africa since 1800: exploration, the end of the slave trade, the development of interior states, European partition, the colonial period, and the rise of independent Africa. Only one of A AFS 287 and A HIS 287 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Frank Essien

A Afs 311 (Class # 1231)
History of Slavery in the Western Hemisphere (3)
The institution of slavery and its effects in the Western Hemisphere, its origins, bases of continuance, and contemporary residuals. Prerequisite(s): A HIS 100 and 101.
Instructor: Oscar Williams

Anthropology & Linguistics

A Ant 108 (Class # 1020)
Cultural Anthropology (3)
Anthropology is the study human cultural diversity in all of its expressions. This course will explore both cultural anthropology and diversity through lectures, readings, films, and class discussions. Students will learn fundamental anthropological concepts, theories, and assumptions, as well as the contributions anthropologists have made to the understanding of diversity, culture, ethnicity, and gender in cross-cultural perspective.
Instructor: Walter Little

A Ant 197 (Class # 1233)
Special Topics in Anthropology - Structure of African American English (1-4)
This course provides an introduction to the study of linguistics through the specific lens of African American English (AAE). With an estimated 30 million speakers, AAE is a major dialect of English that is most frequently associated with African American people living in urban centers -- although not all African American people speak AAE, nor are all AAE speakers African American. As is the case for all human languages, AAE is rule-governed and complex; however, it continues to be plagued by social stigma in many arenas. This course focuses on AAE's distinctive features in the areas of sound and sentence structure, as well as topics in linguistic anthropology, e.g. the impact of language ideology on AAE speaking communities. This course provides students with a basic understanding of the field of linguistics, specific structural knowledge about one variety of English, and an opportunity for reflection on mainstream attitudes towards a low prestige dialect, in light of linguistic evidence. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Instructor: Lauren Clemens

A Ant 201 (Class # 1173)
Critical Thinking and Skepticism in Anthropology (3)
How many people believe most everything they are told, or everything that they read? How can we tell the difference between statements that are based on fact, and those based only on opinion, ideology, error, or falsehood? Why should we care in the first place? This class will help you answer these questions, and hopefully raise many more. We will cover the ways in which your own brain and senses can trick you. We will cover the common mistakes made in reasoning, "logical fallacies" that can lead even the most critical of thinkers to false conclusions. We will cover several of the most common types of false information that people encounter today, such as psychics, astrology, or complementary and alternative medicine, and will explore why these are problematic. Our focus throughout will be on identifying current, real world examples of "uncritical thinking" in popular and news media. Hopefully at the end of the course, we will all be better consumers of knowledge. Only one version of A ANT 201 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Sean Rafferty

A Ant 211 (Class # 1190)
Human Population Biology (3)
Biological variation in human populations, with emphasis on genetics, adaptability, demography and related aspects of population dynamics. Prerequisite(s): A ANT 110; or A BIO 110; or A BIO 120 recommended.
Instructor: Florence Lee

A Ant 340 (Class # 1168)
Topics in Ethnology: Anthropology of Street Art (3)
Humans have been writing on walls for millennia— prehistoric cave paintings predated the first cities, graffiti saturated the surfaces of public spaces in ancient cities such as Pompeii and Rome, and street artists in 1960s Philly and NYC would launch what would evolve into a global street art movement that constitutes part of the landscape of urban life today, such that it has been described as a “window into a city’s soul.” By adopting an anthropological perspective, this course will survey the development, evolution, and reception of modern street art cross-culturally and seek to understand these expressive forms not only as aesthetic experiences, but as complex social, economic, and political phenomena embedded in the everyday experiences of a city’s inhabitants that necessitate new ways of seeing and being. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. Prerequisite(s): A Ant 108Z or 108.
Instructor: Jennifer Crowley

A Ant 364 (Class # 1313)
Introduction to Cultural Medical Anthropology (3)
Introduction to cultural approaches to medical anthropology. Cross-cultural examination of different views of health, disease, healing and the body, their effect on medical care and maintenance of health of individuals and communities. Also examines the intersection between health, sickness, and social and economic inequalities globally and in the U.S. Prerequisite(s): A ANT 108 or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Jessica Somers

A Ant 416 (Class # 1278)
Topics in Human Biology: Misguided Medicine (3)
An in-depth look at outlandish and dangerous medical treatments in the United States. Using podcasts, documentaries, and scientific articles, we will explore how a lack of anatomical knowledge and the spread of misinformation can lead to ridiculous and sometimes deadly treatments of pathologies and diseases. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. Prerequisite(s): A Ant 110 and 211. Visiting students contact the Department for Permission of Instructor.
Instructor: Mercedes Fabian

A Ant 476 (Class # 1227)/
A Doc 476 (Class # 1228)

Anthropology through Documentary Filmmaking (3)
Anthropology, the comparative study of human beings, is typically associated in the public eye with the following themes: 1) (so-called) exotic cultures, 2) travel to remote places and cultural immersion (participant observation), 3) a comparative, culturally-relative understanding of human differences, 4) colliding cultural worlds of today, yesterday and tomorrow (cultural contact, culture change, and their consequences), 5) critiques and improvements of ethnoscientific biases in studying the Other, and 6) directing a trained eye to the analysis of western industrialized cultures and their peers. We will explore these themes via the medium of film, under the general rubric of Visual Anthropology, focusing on such topics as historically important films, the politics of representation (in fiction or nonfiction), and the evolution of anthropology as a discipline. In tandem with these themes, we will explore regional cultures and their traditions related to warfare, gender identity, religion, family structure. Case studies featuring films about human rights, culture change, fictional anthropologists, and Native-authored films are also part of the course. This online course consists of 50% film viewing and 50% online discussion or journal assignments. Prerequisite(s): A Ant 108Z or 108. Only one version of A ANT476 or A DOC476 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Marilyn Masson

A Lin 200 (Class # 1168)/
A Eng 200 (Class # 1164)
Structure of English Words (3)
Introduction to the structure of English words, including the most common Greek and Latin base forms, and the way in which related words are derived. Students may expect to achieve a significant enrichment in their own vocabulary, while learning about the etymology, semantic change and rules of English word formation. Only one version of A ENG200 or A LIN200 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Lee Bickmore

Art History

A Arh 207 (Class # 1021)
Egyptian Archeology (3)
A survey of the remains of ancient Egypt from the earliest times to the Roman Empire. The pyramids, temples, tombs, mummies and works of art will be examined in an attempt to understand the unique character of ancient Egypt. Selections from Egyptian religious and historical texts will be read in translation. A ARH 207Z is the writing intensive versions of A ARH 207; only one may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Barry Dale

Chemistry

A Chm 105 (Class # 1315)
Chemistry in Our Lives (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry and their applications in everyday life. The course will explore the impact of chemistry on modern life by looking at its role in the environment, medicine, nanotechnology and polymers. Does not yield credit toward the major or minor in chemistry. Prerequisite(s): none.
Instructor: Colin Henck

A Chm 120 (Class # 1198)
General Chemistry I (3)
Atomic theory, quantitative relationships in chemical change, electronic structure of atoms and chemical periodicity, chemical bonding, and states of matter. Class will meet fully-online synchronous via Zoom web conferencing on Mondays & Thursdays from 8:45am-11:05am. The rest of the class will meet fully online asynchronous.
Instructor: Li Niu

Communication

A Com 100 (Class # 1135 or # 1136)
Human Communication: Language and Social Action (3)
Introduction to human communication in terms of an examination of the communication needs,  processes, and results that typically occur in  different social settings.
Instructor: William Husson

A Com 238 (Class # 1277)
Introduction to Mass Communication (3)
This course provides an overview of the types and functions of various mass communication tools -- from traditional media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, film, and television to new media such as the Internet, mobile media, and social media. Since mass communication technologies relate to and influence each other, this course examines the dynamic relationship between traditional and new media formats.To deepen students' understanding of mass media's roles, this course also emphasizes the impact of mass communication on society and individuals. Through this course, students will develop their media literacy skills to be an educated media consumer and producer.
Instructor: Monica Bartoszek

A Com 265X (Class # 1141)
Introduction to Communication Theory (3)
Approaches to the study of human communication. Consideration of major research findings, methods and conceptualizations in such areas as persuasion, interpersonal communication, group communication, organizational communication, and mass communication. A COM 265 is restricted to A-E grading after matriculation at Albany.
Instructor: Michael Barberich

A Com 369 (Class # 1005)
Theories of Organizational Communication (3)
Theoretical models and empirical studies of communication within complex organizations. In-depth case study of one or more organizations. Prerequisite(s): A COM 265X or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Alan Belasen

A Com 378 (Class # 1174)
Studies in Public Persuasion: Leadership Communication (3)
Leadership Communication is an advanced Communication course aimed at providing student with in-depth knowledge on the various leadership theories and insight into effective leadership practices. A critical examination of leadership theories and research will be undertaken. Areas of leadership covered include: (1) Management versus leadership; (2) Trait theories of leadership; (3) Behavior theories of leadership; (3) Participative leadership and delegation; (4) Dyadic theories and followership; (5) Power and influence; (6) Contingency theories of leadership; (7) “Modern” theories of leadership (Charismatic, Transformational, & Transactional); (8) Leading teams, meetings and change; (9) Developing leadership skills; and (10) Ethical Leadership. May be repeated for a total of 15 credits when content varies. Prerequisite(s): A COM 265X or permission of instructor.
Instructor: James Snack 

East Asian Studies

A Eas 140 (Class # 1267)
Introduction to East Asian Cinema: Buddhism and Film (3)
This course offers an introduction to East Asian cinema, with emphasis on movies produced in China and Japan. Lectures and class discussions will focus on the interpretation of cinematic texts, especially as they relate to cultural dynamics and social change.
Instructor: Aaron Proffitt

Economics

A Eco 110 (Class # 1018)
Principles Economics I: Microeconomics (3)
Analysis of supply and demand in markets for goods and markets for the factors of production. Study of various market structures, price determination in perfectly competitive and imperfectly competitive markets. May not be taken for credit by students with credit for A ECO 300. Prerequisite(s): plane geometry and intermediate algebra or A MAT 100.
Instructor: Kai You

A Eco 330 (Class # 1140 or # 1143 or # 1161)
Economics of Development (3)
Introduction to the analysis of economic growth and development. Historical, descriptive, and analytical approaches to the problems of fostering economic growth. Consideration of alternative theories of the causes and problems of underdevelopment. A ECO 330Z is the writing intensive version of A ECO 330;  only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s):  A ECO 110 and 111.
Instructor: Sai Sin Gundavarapu

A Eco 370 (Class # 1238)
Economics of Labor (3)
Study of wage theories and wage structures; wage-cost-price interaction; and wage, supply, and employment relationships. Only one version of A ECO 370 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A ECO 110 and 111.
Instructor: Min Jang

English

A Eng 200 (Class # 1163)/
A Lin 200 (Class # 1164)
Structure of English Words (3)
Introduction to the structure of English words, including the most common Greek and Latin base forms, and the way in which related words are derived. Students may expect to achieve a significant enrichment in their own vocabulary, while learning about the etymology, semantic change and rules of English word formation. Only one version of A ENG200 or A LIN200 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Lee Bickmore

A Eng 358 (Class # 1175)
Studies in Poetry: Modernist American Poetry 1900-1950 (3)
This course will introduce students to selected themes and forms in Modern American poetry, and explore intersections and parallels with innovations and controversies in American art, music and media. Students will read a substantive collection of selected poems from important American poets and movements. In order to develop a broad awareness of the contexts of American poetry and poetics in the first half of the 20th Century, students will also read and view different types of related resource media, and explore and discuss key issues and controversies of the period. Focusing on issues of poetics, politics, society and media, online discussions will ask students to express their deepening awareness in increasingly complex and sophisticated interpretations, responses and analysis. Finally, by reading and reviewing selected critical essays, students will engage the contemporary critical conversation in Modern American Poetry studies. The course is divided into five chapters – a short review of basic poetic concepts, a short chapter on the poetry of Walt Whitman, and three thematic chapters. Each chapter introduces readings, including poetry, selected critical essays, web resources and links. Graded chapter assignments offer students alternatives and options, and include a reflective journal, online discussions and participation, and several short critical reviews. May be repeated once for credit when content varies.
Instructor: Jill Hanifan

Geography

A Gog 102 (Class # 1239)
Introduction to Human Geography (3)
Introduction to key elements of human geography as a social science, (including population, cultural, economic, and political geography), focusing on the disciplinary themes of place, space and landscape. These themes are applied at a variety of scales, from local to the regional to the global, with particular emphasis with geographical concerns with cross-cultural comparisons among regions and with the relationships of local and regional phenomena to global processes. Only one version of A GOG 102 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Neusa McWilliams

History

A His 100 (Class # 1002)
American Political and Social History I (3)
Survey of American history from the colonial era through the Civil War, with emphasis on the development of our political, constitutional, economic, social, and cultural institutions. All books and readings for class are available at no cost on-line.
Instructor: Jennifer A. Lemak

A His 101 (Class # 1130)
American Political and Social History II (3)
Survey of American history from the Civil War to the present, with emphasis on the development of our political, constitutional, economic, social, and cultural institutions.
Instructor: Britt Haas 

A His 130 (Class # 1145)
History of European Civilization I (3)
Survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural history of the West from its origins to the 18th century.
Instructor: Joseph Creamer

A His 252 (Class # 1280)/
A Jst 251 (Class # 1281)
Early Israel and Biblical Civilization (3)
The history and culture of ancient Israel from its beginnings to the Persian Empire. A survey of the Hebrew Bible (in English) as the major source for the study of early Judaic religious and social forms in the context of the Near East. Only one of AJST 251, AJST341 and AHIS252 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Melissa Cradic

A His 259 (Class # 1281)
History of Women and Social Change (3)
With an emphasis on the diversity of U.S. women, this course examines the social, historical, and economic forces that have shaped U.S. women's lives from about 1800-1970 and the contexts within which women have participated in and sometimes led social and political movements.
Instructor: Sarah Pacelli

A His 263 (Class # 1006)
Art, Music and History I (3)
"Art, Music, and History I" is a survey of European culture from ancient Greece through the Renaissance, which examines the many historical contexts that underlie art and music. Students do not need any background in the arts, as this is a course we will build from the ground up by first exploring the questions: What is art? Is it necessary? Where does it come from? Why is it important? And "What does it mean?" Our world is filled with art and music, and it did not get that way by accident. Broadly speaking, this is a course about cultural history, or how people live their lives in society--what they think, what they value, and what they do. If you can understand these basic ideas within your own life, then you will be able to understand them in history and vice versa. Although our focus here is on the arts, it is important to emphasize that we will study them within the political, social, economic and technological backgrounds from which they sprang and which they also influenced. Hopefully, you will see art, music, history and the world around you in ways you never thought possible.
Instructor: Anthony Anadio

A His 290 (Class # 1263)
Topics in American History: The History of the Cold War through Film (3)
This on-line course will use films as a primary source to explore such major Cold War issues as nuclear proliferation, cultural and scientific competition, the fate of Germany in the Cold War, and the rise of Fidel Castro in Cuba. The selections will include both feature films and television programs produced from the late 1940s to the beginning of the 2000s to gauge the Cold War’s development and lasting impact. To gain a larger perspective on these topics, this course will include films from such countries as the United States, Soviet Union, Germany, Japan, and Cuba.
Instructor: Bryan Herman   

A His 300 (Class # 1183)
The History of  American Indians and the United States (3)
A detailed survey of the history of the North American Indians, particularly those now within the territory of the United States, as communities and nations, from the period of first contact to the present. Prerequisite(s): A His 100 or A His 100Z.
Instructor: Kwinn Doran

A His 346 (Class # 1131)
History of England I (3)
The historical development of English society and government from early times to the 17th century. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing, or 3 credits in history.
Instructor: Patrick Nold

A His 390 (Class # 1241)
Advanced Topics in American History: That "70s" Class - America 1968-1984
This History topics course explores the United States during the long 1970s, approximately 1968 to 1984. We will examine the key political, social and cultural transformations that shaped the United States in the Seventies through first-hand and secondary interpretive accounts, as well as through film and music. A few major topics provide the overarching framework for the course. These include the decline of liberalism and the rise of conservatism; the end of the postwar affluent economy; the oil crisis; the decline of American dominance on the world stage; and the ongoing rights revolutions. Through these frameworks we will assess whether the pejorative labels often assigned to the Seventies--the "forgotten decade" when "nothing happened"; an era of bad hair, bad clothes, and bad music, when Americans were "running out of gas" and lost faith in their elected leaders and their government—are accurate or in need of reassessment. The Seventies became a time of reckoning and recognizing new limits in the United States, in both the literal and figurative sense; domestically and in international affairs. However, the "zero-sum" society, the "culture of narcissism," or the "me decade," as it has been alternately labeled, also gave rise to the more transformative features of our time, developments that laid the framework for and shaped contemporary United States society and culture. The rights revolution fostered an increasingly inclusive, yet diverse society. Music and cinema underwent a remarkable renaissance. Personal liberation fostered self-improvement, while relaxed sexual and social mores transformed society in many positive and liberating ways for men and women. Finally, the many subcultures of the Seventies, including skate, punk, rap, and pc tech shaped what are now multi-million and billion dollar industries. Ultimately, there is more to the 1970s than meets the eye, as you will discover over the course of the session. This is a “topics in American history” 300-level course, designed to meet the requirements for the AHIS390 credit. The course may be repeated for credit when the content varies. Prerequisite(s): 3 credits in history; or junior or senior class standing; or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Jennifer Armiger

A His 395 (Class # 1279)
The Historian's Craft: Methods (3)
This seminar is a methods course that prepares students to succeed as they transition from foundational to advanced coursework in the History Department. It will teach students how to ask appropriate research questions, collect evidence using the university's research tools, and choreograph that evidence to advance a persuasive argument.
Instructor: Christopher Pastore

Journalism

A Jrl 100 (Class # 1176)
Foundations of Journalism (3)
Introduction to contemporary journalism as a major institution in American democracy. This course will help students become more informed about media and introduce them to the major issues in journalism. Topics range from media history and the economic structure of the industry to broad questions about the impact of media on individuals and society in a fast-changing technological society. Also addressed will be ethical and legal issues related to media practices in news media. A student must make a grade of C or better in this course in order to take AJRL 200Z.
Instructor: Holly McKenna

A Jrl 475Z (Class # 1237)
Topics in Journalism: Social Media Journalism (3)
Social media are altering how journalists do their jobs and how people consume news today. This course integrates basic journalism skills and concepts and adapts them to social media. Students utilize social media platforms to identify compelling story ideas, effectively break news, and report on important news events and issues. Students gain hands-on experience by experimenting with social media and mobile devices for news gathering, distribution, and audience engagement. Students produce a portfolio of multimedia stories and build their own professional journalistic brand. Students will also learn how to use analytics tools to monitor and analyze the effectiveness of social media activity.
Instructor: Chang Sup Park

Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies

A Lcs 150 (Class # 1022)
Puerto Rico: People, History, and Culture (3)
Survey of Puerto Rican culture on the island from the prehispanic era to the 20th century. Special emphasis will be placed on the change of sovereignty in 1898, the national question, class and culture, and migration. A ANT 146Z and A LCS150Z are writing intensive versions of  A ANT 146 and A LCS 150; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Carmen Nieves

A Lcs 269 (Class # 1146)
Caribbean: Peoples, History, and Culture (3)
This course introduces students to significant aspects of Anglophone Caribbean culture and history in the context of this region of the globe, the wider Caribbean, functioning as the crossroads of the world. Colonial conquest forced and forged the intersection of Europe, Asia, and Africa in the Caribbean so that while it is not large in terms of geographical area or total population, it resonates with global significance as a crucible of cultural hybridity and as a nurturing space of modernity. Only one version may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Luis Cintron-Gutierrez

A Lcs 315 (Class # 1200)
Film in Contemporary Latin America (3)
Study of culture and society in Latin America as revealed through film. Emphasis on the use of film, especially in the "new cinema" movements, as an instrument for social and political change. History and current trends of cinema in selected countries.Synchronous Zoom sessions to be held Tuesday-Friday 1:00pm-3:20pm.  Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Ildefonso Apelanz

A Lcs 374 (Class # 1282)
International Migration and Transnationalism (3)
This course discusses basic concepts and theories related to the study of migration and transnationalism. It discusses, among others issues, the following: Why do people move internationally following certain patterns? Why and how do they develop transnational relations? How do migration and transnationalism relate to economic, cultural, political and social processes, and social agency? How do they relate to some gender, class, and ethnic factors? What are some of the global, regional, national, and individual implications of migration and transnationalism? What are the implications for households and enterprises?
Instructor: Eric Macias

Mathematics & Statistics

A Mat 106 (Class # 1147 or # 1148)
Survey of Calculus (3)
An intuitive approach to differentiation and integration of algebraic and transcendental functions, intended only for students who plan to take no more calculus. Does not yield credit toward the major or minor in mathematics. May not be taken for credit by students with credit for A MAT 111, 112 or 118. Prerequisite(s): three years of high school mathematics.
Instructor: Boris Goldfarb

A Mat 108 (Class # 1132 or #1149)
Elementary Statistics (3)
Frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability and sampling, estimation, testing of hypotheses, linear regression and correlation. Prerequisite(s): three years of high school mathematics. Not open for credit by students who have taken A MAT 308.
Instructor: Karin Reinhold

A Mat 220 (Class # 1015)
Linear Algebra (3)
Linear equations, matrices, determinants, finite dimensional vector spaces, linear transformations Euclidean spaces. Prerequisite(s): A MAT 113.
Instructor: Kehe Zhu

A Mat 311 (Class # 1023)
Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
Linear differential equations, systems of differential equations, series solutions, boundary value problems, existence theorems, applications to the sciences. Prerequisite(s): A MAT 214.
Instructor: Rongwei Yang

A Mat 522 (Class # 1283)
Linear Algebra for Applications (3)
The course's main concentration is on theory of abstract linear spaces with applications to Numerical Analysis, probabilistic and statistical considerations including Markov chains and migration process, least squares method, etc. Such topics as Singular Value Decomposition, Numerical Rank, Power method and QR algorithm for finding eigenvalues are considered in detail using techniques of spectral theory. Prerequisites: AMAT 214, or equivalent course in multivariable calculus, or permission of the instructor.
Instructor: Michael Stessin

A Mat 583 (Class # 1244)
Topological Data Analysis I (3)
Basic techniques and concepts of topology that are used in data analysis. This is the first of a two semester sequence in Topological Data Analysis. This subject requires knowledge of rather advanced topics in topology. This course navigates to the point where the student is ready to see the applications in data science, through a careful selection of the sequence of topics: graph theory, high-dimensional simplicial complexes, nerves of coverings, some basic general topology and homotopy theory, computational linear algebra, simplicial homology and cohomology. Prerequisites: Basic linear algebra as in AMAT 220 or equivalent.
Instructor: Boris Goldfarb

A Mat 584 (Class # 1245)
Topological Data Analysis II (3)
An introduction to the two main areas of Topological Data Analysis, the persistent homology and the Mapper algorithm. This is the second of a two semester sequence in Topological Data Analysis. In this course, the students will learn to apply homology computations to filtered metric spaces producing the main topological signature of a data set called persistent homology. In the second half of the course, the Mapper will be used as an illustration of topology based dimension reduction techniques which produce a one-dimensional summary, a graph, of the multi-dimensional data set. Case studies with real world applications are included to illustrate the theory. Prerequisites: AMAT 583 or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Boris Goldfarb

A Mat 590 (Class # 1246)
Function Theory & Functional Analysis for Applications (3)
This course covers function analytic aspects necessary for applications in various areas of science and engineering, notably in Data Science. Among main topics of the course are: elementary theory of Lebesgue measure and integration, spaces of Lebesgue integrable functions, Banach spaces and Hanh-Banach theorem, duality in Banach spaces, Hilbert spaces, reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces, non-linear analysis in Banach spaces. Prerequisites: Basic linear algebra, e.g., AMAT 220; calculus of several variables, e.g., AMAT 214.
Instructor: Michael Stessin

A Mat 591 (Class # 1247)
Optimization Methods & Nonlinear Programming (3)
Modern methods in convex optimization and nonlinear programming. Newton's method, gradient descent, linear programming, quadratic optimization, semidefinite programming and related topics. Prerequisites: AMAT590
Instructor: Yiming Ying

A Mat 592 (Class # 1284)
Machine Learning (3)
The primary goal of this course is to provide students with statistical tools and mathematical principles needed to solve both the traditional and modern data science problems encountered in practice. In particular, the course covers a wide variety of topics in machine learning. It introduces the key terms, concepts and methods in machine learning, with an emphasis on developing critical analytical skills through hands-on exercises of actual data analysis tasks. At the same time, it will cover modern machine learning topics such as boosting and online learning for large-scale data analysis. In addition, the students will practice basic programming skills to use software tools in machine learning. Prerequisites: AMAT591 and AMAT554.
Instructor: Yiming Ying

Music

A Mus 100 (Class # 1024)
Introduction to Music (3)
Understanding the art of music through directed listening emphasizing the many uses of musical material. Uses numerous illustrations accenting the criteria which determine quality.
Instructor: Ellen Burns

A Mus 214 (Class # 1243)
American Music (3)
This course explores the history of music in the United States through the prism of the nation's most persistent cultural issue, race relations. From the earliest transatlantic contacts to the present day, the act of music-making is viewed as a complex response to both the inherited traditions of Europe and Africa and a changing environment. Topics include spirituals, gospel, and Protestantism; minstrelsy and the entertainment industry; nationalism and the symphony; experimental music of the 20th century; and vernacular genres such as folksong and the blues. Only one of A MUS 214, T MUS 214 or A MUS 334 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Ellen Burns

A Mus 226 (Class # 1010 or # 1011 or # 1166)
Hip Hop Music and Culture (3)
This course examines the evolution of Hip Hop music and culture (Graffiti art, B-Boying [break-dancing], DJ-ing, and MC-ing) from its birth in 1970's New York to its global and commercial explosion in the late 1990's. Students learn to think critically about both Hip Hop culture, and about the historical and political contexts in which Hip Hop culture took, and continues to take, shape. Particular attention is paid to questions of race, gender, authenticity, consumption, commodification, globalization, and good, old-fashioned funkiness.
Instructor: Nicholas Conway
 

Philosophy

A Phi 214 (Class # 1177)
World Religions (3)
Survey of the major religions of the world, concentrating on those practices and beliefs that contribute to their value systems. Religions include Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Taoism. Only one of A REL 214 & A PHI 214 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Scott Wolcott

Physics

A Phy 103 (Class # 1007)
Exploration of Space (3)
The solar system, modern developments in planetary and space science; human exploration of space; space travel and future colonization.
Instructor: Eric Woods

A Phy 140 (Class # 1142)
Physics I: Mechanics (3)
An introduction to the fundamentals of physics: Classical Mechanics. Topics include the concepts of force, energy and work applied to the kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies and an introduction to special relativity.
Pre/corequisite: A MAT 111 or 112 or 118. Visiting students contact the Department for Permission of Instructor.
Instructor: Susan DiFranzo

Psychology

A Psy 270 (Class # 1201)
Social Psychology (3)
This course will explore the relationship between the individual and the group, as well as the influence of culture, leadership, and institutions on human personality. Further topics will include understanding the self, attraction in interpersonal relationships, development of social attitudes, and the psychology of mass movements and of social decisions. Prerequisite(s): A PSY 101.

Instructor: TBA

A Psy 338 (Class # 1249)
Abnormal Psychology (3)
Survey of the behavior disorders, including the psychoses, psychoneuroses, mental deficiencies, and other forms of psychopathology. Only one version of A PSY 338 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A PSY 101, and 203 or 327.
Instructor: TBA

A Psy 381 (Class # 1202)
Memory and Cognition (3)
Examination of both basic and complex information processing skills of humans. Topics include sensory memory, selective attention, pattern recognition, coding processes, short-term and long-term memory performance, theories of recognition and recall, and theories of semantic memory. Only one version of A PSY 381 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A PSY 101, A PSY 210 and A PSY 211. Reserved for APSY & TPSY Majors. Non-majors and visiting students contact the Department for Permission of Instructor.

Instructor: TBA

Sociology

A Soc 115 (Class # 1003)
Introduction to Sociology (3)
Nature of culture and of human society, personality development, groups and group structure, social institutions, the processes of social change.
Instructor: Kyle Maksuta

A Soc 180 (Class # 1137)
Social Problems (3)
Applies the concepts, methods, and ethics of sociology to the analysis of "social problems." A SOC 180Z is the writing intensive version of A SOC 180; only one may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Philip Lewis

A Soc 220 (Class # 1285 or # 1286)
Introduction to Social Research (3)
Examination of the assumptions and techniques of social research: problems of design, data collection, quantitative and qualitative analysis; review of current research in professional journals; the uses of survey research; application of concepts through individual and class projects. A SOC 220 is restricted to A-E grading after matriculation at Albany. A SOC 220 must be completed with a C or better for the major in Sociology. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor (Class # 1285): Sonya Becker
Instructor (Class # 1286): Ji-Won Lee

A Soc 235 (Class # 1013)
Sociological Theory (3)
Overview of major schools of theory influencing current sociological inquiry. Discussion of selected works of classical and contemporary theorists. The influence of values on theorizing and the issue of value neutrality. An evaluation of the role of theory in the growth of the discipline.
Instructor: Abby Stivers

A Soc 250 (Class # 1016)
Sociology of Families (3)
The family as a social institution; types of family organization; the family as a socializing agency and its interrelations with other institutions; the impact of social change on the American family with particular reference to the transition from a rural-agricultural to a predominantly urban-industrial society. Only one version of A SOC 250 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: Danielle George

A Soc 255 (Class # 1261)
Mass Media (3)
The role of newspapers, radio, television and motion pictures in American society. Changes in these media and their functional relationship to education, the economy, the political process and public opinion. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115Z.
Instructor: Rebecca Herrero Saenz

A Soc 262 (Class # 1205)/
A Wss 262 (Class # 1312)
Sociology of Gender (3)
This course examines how gender is socially constructed in contemporary U.S. society. The course examines how gender orders our everyday lives-our sense of self, our friendships, romances, conversations, clothing, body image, entertainment, work, sexuality, and parenthood. Students will learn how conceptions about gender create and enforce a system of gender difference and inequality. This course will examine the lives, experiences and representations of heterosexual and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) persons. The course will reveal the common sense world of gender that surrounds us by exposing the workings of institutions such as the family, the classroom, the workplace, and the media. Throughout the course we will emphasize the ways in which people experience gender opportunities and constraints differently according to their race, gender, class and sexuality. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115 or 115Z; or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Mairead Carr

A Soc 282 (Class # 1250)
Race & Ethnicity (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an introduction to the sociological study of race and ethnicity in the United States. Specifically, the course emphasizes understanding the social, demographic, economic, political, and historical forces that have resulted in the unique experiences of different groups of Americans. Further, the student will be provided with the opportunity to analyze and discuss the impact of public policy on issues that pertain to various racial and ethnic groups. Only one version of A SOC 282 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor:  Beena Han

A Soc 283 (Class # 1251)
Juvenile Delinquency (3)
The purpose of this course is to examine the unique aspects of the juvenile justice system and theoretical explanations of delinquent behavior. The course is divided into three sections: 1) conceptual and methodological issues in the study of delinquency; 2) explanations of delinquent behavior; 3) the control of delinquency. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115Z.
Instructor: Tyler Bellick

A Soc 359 (Class # 1133)
Medical Sociology (3)
Comprehensive introduction to sociological factors in disease etiology and illness behavior and to the sociology of the organization of medical practice and the health professions. A SOC 359Z is the writing intensive version of A SOC 359 and A SOC 359W is the writing intensive and oral discourse version of A SOC 359; only one of A SOC 359, A SOC 359Z, and A SOC 359W may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115 or 115Z.
Instructor: Kaya Hamer-Small

A Soc 362 (Class # 1287)/
A Wss 363 (Class #1314)
 Sociology of Sexualities (3)
This course reviews the core of the sociology of sexuality from a socio-historical perspective. Among the topics to be discussed are the theoretical approaches to sexuality, the making of sexual identities, the relationship between sexuality and social institutions, and sexual politics and ethics. Specific examples include hip-hop sexualities, gay marriage, sexual tourism, transgender identities, and heterosexual intimacy. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.
Instructor: Elizabeth Harwood  

A Soc 386 (Class # 1288)
The Social Worlds of Children and Youth (3)
How do experiences of childhood vary historically and cross-culturally? What inequalities are most salient in children's lives? At what age do children understand things like race and gender? This course answers these questions and more by exploring various aspects of the social worlds of children and youth. The course considers theoretical approaches to studying children's experiences from a sociological perspective, and how socialization and the new Sociology of Childhood perspective differs from dominant narratives in other disciplines. The course also covers how children and youth navigate different social settings including relationships within their families, in their peer groups and in their schools. Finally, the course critically examines the ways that social inequalities among and between groups of children shape their experiences both as children and over the life course. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: Griffin Lacy

A Soc 389 (Class # 1223)
Special Topics in Sociology of Culture: Sociology of Education (3)
This course offers a broad overview of the theoretical perspectives that help us understand schools as social institutions. We will examine how schools act as agents of both stratification and opportunity. We will also learn about and critique trends and debates occurring in contemporary education policy-- from the fight for universal preschool to state variations in college affordability. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: Rachel Sullivan

Spanish

A Spn 442 (Class # 1310)/
A Spn 510 (Class # 1311)
Topics in the Spanish Language: Project-based Learning in the Second Language Classroom (3)
Taught in English. In this course we will discuss the core concepts of project-based learning, and how it can be applied to the additional (i.e. second/foreign) language classroom. Students will participate in the creation of a website for project-based learning materials and will create and contribute teaching materials to the website. Class will meet via Zoom web conferencing Mondays & Wednesdays 9:30am-12:00pm.
Instructor: Sara Zahler

College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

C Ehc 242 (Class # 1180)
Cybersecurity (3)
The purpose of this class is to acquaint students with the policy issues associated with cybersecurity, this includes issues like cyber-attacks, network security, incident response, cyber crime, cyber espionage, and cyber conflict. Students will look at how government agencies and private sector entities assess and respond to the changing cybersecurity landscape -- how they assess the risks they face, how they manage those risks through security procedures and practices, and how they mitigate the impact of attacks that do happen on their systems. Prerequisites(s): C EHC/R PAD 101.
Instructor: Dawit Demissie

C Ehc 310 (Class # 1252)
Research Seminar in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity (3)
In many undergraduate classes, students are consumers of research created by others. Students read historical case studies of disasters, examine regression results of probing the relationship between democracy and terrorism, peruse interviews with government officials from homeland security agencies and scrutinize surveys of public opinion of privacy and security. What is often unclear is the research process lurking behind these final results. The mission of this course is to shed light on the research process in the areas of emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity. Over the course of the semester, students will conduct literature reviews, develop hypotheses, construct research designs, collect data, test hypotheses, and communicate findings. Students will start by creating a literature review on a topic of the student's interest, identifying a falsifiable research question of interest to them in an area related to his or her concentration and subsequently investigating the question using the procedures and methods of social science. Prerequisite(s): C EHC/R PAD 101 and C EHC 210.
Instructor: Marcie Fraser

C Ehc 343 (Class # 1158)
Homeland Security (3)
This undergraduate survey course introduces students to the US government response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, specifically, the second largest reorganization of the executive branch that produced the US Department of Homeland Security. Topics examined include border and transportation security, customs, immigration policy and enforcement; preparedness and capabilities building, response and resilience; critical infrastructure protection; threat and vulnerability assessment and risk management; cyber security; counter-terrorism. Although the course is primarily focused on US federal government activities, it will also examine state and local dimensions of homeland security as well as US government interactions with other countries in the homeland security domain. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing.
Instructor: Elisabeth Dubois

C Ehc 345 (Class # 1193)
Leadership and Ethics Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security Cybersecurity (3)
This course provides a foundation for applying philosophical and ethical understanding to homeland security professions by drawing on both theoretical and practical approaches. It includes an overview of philosophical theories of ethics and political philosophy relevant to security practices and policies, as well as opportunities to develop critical thinking and communication skills in their application to particular cases related to homeland security through analysis and discussion. Historical and contemporary material will be examined to investigate issues such as the right to privacy, the nature and value of freedom, the justification of state security, and rights and responsibilities of public officials and health professionals. Prerequisite(s): C EHC/ R PAD 101 or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Terry Hastings

C Ehc 390 (Class # 1307)
External Internship in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity (3)
This course is intended to give students an opportunity to effectively apply what they have learned in their classroom studies through work in relevant professional settings. Students will secure placement at an off-campus agency or organization, including public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. Alongside that internship, there will be an accompanying class meeting in which students will integrate the theoretical concepts that they have learned in their courses with the practical experience of their internship as well as engage in career preparation activities. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite(s): C EHC/R PAD 101 and junior or senior standing. Permission of instructor. Students should have an internship in place before registering for this course.
Instructor: Annie Connors


Informatics

C Inf 100X (Class # 1253)
Information in the 21st Century (3)
Introduction to information and technology in the 21st Century. Different resources, including the Internet, libraries, news sources and other sources of information, hardware, and Web 2.0 technologies will be explored. The primary emphasis of the class is on discovering reliable information sources for any and all subjects so that a student's future research and other pursuits are supported by the methods developed in this course. Each student is called upon to fortify their own individual communication and reasoning skills and will demonstrate the use of those skills through course assignments, class presentations and group activities.
Instructor: Yueqi Li

C Inf 108 (Class # 1289)
Programming for Problem Solving (3)
Ever thought about a problem and said, "There should be an app for that"? This course provides an introduction to computer programming using modern programming languages as a way to solve problems. It focuses on programming concepts and fundamentals within the context of solving real world problems.
Instructor: Xiaomai Liu

C Inf 124X (Class # 1290)
Cybersecurity Basics (3)
An introduction to security in computer and network systems for a general audience. The operation of computers and networks is explained to show how they are the basis for attacks. The course will confer a basic but comprehensive understanding of how cybersecurity attacks (e.g., viruses, worms, denial of service) work. It will also cover aspects of privacy and other human elements of cybersecurity. Takes a general approach that will result in students prepared to learn about and defend themselves from current and future attacks.
Instructor: Ian MacDonald

C Inf 201 (Class # 1291)
Introduction to Web Tachnologies (3)
A technique-oriented introduction to client-based Web design and development technologies, including HTML/XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, digital imaging, file formats, etc.; also the elements of UNIX and networks necessary to understand and implement basic information management and transfer. Prerequisite(s): I INF 100 or by permission of instructor.
Instructor: Mehdi Barati

C Inf 202 (Class # 1187)
Introduction to Date & Databases (3)
This course introduces students to data and databases. It covers both long-standing relational (SQL) databases and newly emerging non-relational (NoSQL) data stores. The nature of data, Big Data, intellectual property, system lifecycle, and development collaboration are also explored. Team-based activities alternate with hands-on exercises. Prerequisite(s): I INF/C INF 108, I CSI 101, 105, 110 or I CSI/I CEN/ I ECE 201 or B ITM 215; not open to students who are taking or have completed I CSI 410 or 411 or B ITM 331. This is a SUNY Online section.
Instructor: Jenson Jacob

C Inf 203 (Class # 1292)
Introduction to Networks & Systems (3)
This course provides an introduction to computer networking and computer systems. The course covers the fundamentals of networked computing systems with an emphasis placed on the basics of network protocols and how they operate at all layers of the networking models. The course also introduces students to personal computer internal system components, storage systems, peripheral devices, and operating systems from an introductory computer architecture perspective.
Instructor: Kevin Caramancion

C Inf 301 (Class # 1188)
Emerging Trends in Information and Technology (3)
This course is designed to address challenges of the 21st century from the information science framework. We will explore emerging technologies and discuss how they alter and create new information environments. Examples of these technologies include Big Data, 3D Printing, Social Media, Wearable Computing, etc. Attention will be paid to real world uses of these technologies, emphasizing how they are changing business, government, education, and a number of other industries. This course also focuses on career paths for digital citizens in the 21st century. Prerequisite(s): I INF 100X or I IST 100X.
Instructor: Chanchilo Ezung

C Inf 305 ( Class # 1254)
Digital Project Management (3)
This course provides an introduction to current practices in project management with a focus on the management of digital projects. It is intended to provide a broad overview of the concepts, issues, tools and techniques related to the management of digital projects from concept to completion. Topics covered include project manager role/responsibilities, project team structure, project documentation, project phases/SDLC, project management methodologies, troubled projects, digital analytics and more. Prerequisite(s): C INF 201 and C INF 202.
Instructor: Ramana Allena

C Inf 467 (Class # 1308)
Technology-Based Community Support (3)
Students work on-site with a non-profit to provide technology support. Possible projects could include website creation and development, computer lab support, or networking. At least 120 hours/semester are required. Students will also meet with a faculty supervisor throughout the semester and complete a final presentation of their work. May be repeated for credit up to a total of 6 credits with permission of department. Prerequisite(s): Informatics juniors and seniors only. Permission of instructor. It is the responsibility of the student to find their own placement.
Instructor: Annie Connors

C Inf 468 (Class # 1309)
Undergraduate Internship Informatics (3)
The internship has two components: (1) work experience in position related to students interests in computing and information. Interns are expected to spend 8 hours per week during the semester at their internship location; (2) academic seminar where students and faculty mentor meet together monthly to discuss their experiences and general career preparation topics. Assignments may include preparing a resume and cover letter, career development, assessing skills for and barriers to career development, and planning for graduate or professional school. Students are expected to research, identify, and find their own possible internship opportunities. This activity will help students to identify their own career goals and manner in which they may best be achieved, and it will also help students to learn career preparation skills that will be useful after graduation. All internship opportunities must be reviewed and approved by appropriate faculty prior to course registration. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor, junior or senior status and a minimum GPA of 2.50. It is the responsibility of the student to find their own placement.
Instructor: Annie Connors

School of  Education

Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

E Epl 202 (Class # 1293)
Leadership in Organizations (3)
This course is an introduction of foundational concepts and theories essential to understanding the role of leaders in organizational settings. It emphasizes the various definitions of leadership as well as key theories exploring how individuals lead organizations, facilitate team dynamics, and handle organizational conflict. Synchronous Zoom sessions to be held on Thursdays 12:00pm-1:00pm.
Instructor: Gina Giuliano

E Epl 687 (Class # 1294)
Institute in Education: Competition, Marketization & Enrollment Management in Higher Ed (3)
This course is a graduate seminar designed to analyze the theoretical concepts and practices of enrollment management that have evolved over the last 40 years at colleges and universities. Enrollment management strategies will be examined within the broader context of higher education administration. Enrollment management has evolved in response to the changing climate in the marketplace and forces encroaching on these institutions. This course analyzes how effective enrollment planning connects an institution’s mission, current state, and the changing environment to a long-term strategic enrollment and fiscal health plan of action.
Instructor: Clayton Steen

E Epl 758 (Class # 1264)
Special Topics in International Education Management & Leadership: Communicating International Education (1)
International educators must be able to effectively communicate complex issues to both specialist and non-specialist audiences. This course focuses journalistic principles for simplifying written communication to achieve strategic aims. Class will meet via Zoom web conferencing on the following dates from 3:00pm-4:30pm: Dec 22, Jan 5, 8, 12 & 15. Permission of instructor. Students should contact [email protected] to obtain a permission number for this course.
Instructor: Karin Fischer

E Epl 758 (Class # 1265)
Special Topics in International Education Management & Leadership: Global Alumni Relations (1)
This course focuses on strategies and tactics to mobilize international and transnational alumni. The course has four major objectives: 1) assessing readiness, 2) internal ownership, 3) alignment with institutional objectives, and 4) developing a Global Alumni Relations plan. Class will meet via Zoom web conferencing on the following dates from 4:00pm-6:00pm: Dec 21, Jan 6, 11 & 13. Permission of instructor. Students should contact [email protected] to obtain a permission number for this course.
Instructor: Gretchen Dobson

E Epl 758 (Class # 1295)
Special Topics in International Education Management & Leadership: Crisis Response & Leadership (1)
Assessing international education risk, understanding the emergency-to-crisis continuum, and exercising leadership for effective institutional crisis response. Class will meet via Zoom web conferencing on the following dates from 11:30am-1:00pm: Dec 22, Jan 5, 7, 12 & 14. Permission of instructor. Students should contact [email protected] to obtain a permission number for this course.
Instructor: Joshua McKeown

E Epl 758 (Class # 1296)
Special Topics in International Education Management & Leadership: Globally Connected Strategies (1)
Virtual connections create new opportunities to re-shape and scale programs to meet more students’ global learning needs while also increasing environmental risk resilience for institutions. Connective approaches for different types of colleges are studied, with a focus on virtual exchange and professional networks. Class will meet via Zoom web conferencing on the following dates from 12:00pm-2:00pm: Jan 4, 6, 11 & 15. Permission of instructor. Students should contact [email protected] to obtain a permission number for this course.
Instructor: Nancy Ruther

Educational Psychology

E Psy 200 (Class # 1151)
Introduction to the Psychological Process of Schooling (3)
Critical analysis of the psychological process of schooling. Interpretive survey of the literature and research in learning, motivation, development, and intelligence and their impact on American education and society. Only one of E PSY 200 and T EPS 200 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Deborah Chapin

E Psy 224 (Class # 1194)
Lifespan Development (3)
Theory and research relating to the typical intellectual, social and emotional development over the lifespan, including the adult years.
Instructor: Catherine Basila

E Psy 400 (Class # 1297)
The Psychology of Instruction & Learning (3)
Investigation of theories, models, principles, and strategies of instruction based on psychological understandings of human learning that can inform the design of effective learning environments. Synchronous Zoom sessions to be held Mondays & Thursdays 6:00pm-7:30pm. Prerequisite(s): E PSY 200. Open Only to Juniors and Seniors. Visiting students contact the Department for Permission of Instructor.
Instructor: Maria Haji-Georgi

Special Education

E Spe 460 (Class # 1008)/
E Spe 560 (Class # 1017)
Introduction to Human Exceptionality (3)
Characteristics of individuals whose cognitive, physical, or emotional development differs from typical individuals. Special education history and laws are discussed, as is the process leading to the development of individualized education plans and special education services. Selected strategies for students with special needs are also presented. Not open to those students who previously completed E PSY 460.
Instructor: Matt LaFave

E Spe 562 (Class # 1027)
Characteristics of and Methods for Teaching Exceptional Secondary Students in Inclusive Settings (3)
Characteristics of students with disabilities and gifted students.  Examines legislative mandates and the process of developing and implementing differentiated and special education services for students at the middle childhood or adolescence levels.  Use of research-based approaches and methods, including co-teaching and collaboration for integrating students with disabilities is emphasized.
Instructor: Sean O'Connell

E Spe 655 (Class # 1199)
Assessment of Students with Disabilities (3)
This course examines theoretical positions, assessment techniques, and planning and teaching procedures relevant to preparing students with disabilities to meet the Common Core and NYS Learning Standards in written expression across the content areas. Emphasis is placed on research-based and promising instructional techniques and practices for students who have not learned through traditional writing approaches. Prerequisites: Admission to one of the Master's degree programs in special education or Permission of Instructor.

Instructor: Bruce Saddler

Educational Theory & Practice

E Tap 680 (Class # 1301)
Research Seminar: Critical Intro to Ed Research Paradigms (3)
This course focuses on the different models and paradigms in educational research and how these paradigms can inform educational practice. It will involve critical reading of published exemplars of different paradigms, analyzing previously collected data, and making sense of the application of these data. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and 12 credits in Master's program.
Instructor: Alex Kumi-Yeboah

School of Criminal Justice

R Crj 202 (Class # 1014)
Introduction to Law and Criminal Justice (4)
Students will study judicial decisions involving constitutional and other legal issues relevant to criminal justice, including the government’s power to define conduct as criminal, procedural rights, defenses, the rights of juveniles, and punishment. In addition to class meetings, students will enroll in a discussion section where they will engage in legal writing and moot court exercises.
Instructor: JoAnne Malatesta

R Crj 203 (Class # 1138)
Criminology (3)
Introduction to the study of crime, including the development of criminal law, the relationship between crime and social structure, and the individual and social causes of crime. Only one of A SOC 203; A SOC 381; R CRJ 200 or R CRJ 203 can be taken for credit. Prequisite(s): A SOC 115 or 115Z
Instructor: Benjamin Kuettel

R Crj  302 (Class # 1298)
Punishment & Correction (3)
Interdisciplinary review of the history of criminal punishment, analyzing the main changes that have occurred and their causes. Examines the dominant justifications used for punishing offenders, such as deterrence, retribution and rehabilitation. Special attention is given to the implications of the different justifications of punishment for current penological practice such as prison, jail, probation, parole, other alternative ways of dealing with offenders and sentencing. Reform is then discussed within this historical and interdisciplinary context. Prerequisite(s): R Crj 200 or 201.
Instructor: Sishi Wu

R Crj 320 (Class # 1299)
Problem Oriented Policing (3)
This course reviews the history of problem oriented policing (POP) and its role as a modern policing strategy in America and internationally. The precursors to POP such as Community Oriented Policing and different policing styles and strategies are reviewed, and their special relationships with POP analyzed. The role of problem solving in everyday policing and how it may or may not differ from POP is examined. The student will learn how to specify problems so that the appropriate police responses may be identified. Using the scientific approach of SARA, ways of assessing the effectiveness of police responses and interventions to specific problems are demonstrated. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing.
Instructor: Zachariah Biggers

R Crj 351 (Class # 1300)
Policing in a Free Society (3)
Introduction to the study of the local police in the United States, which provides the basis for a continuing study of policing. Also for the individual whose concern is to be an informed citizen dealing effectively with the problems which policing in America does raise. Policing is seen from three perspectives: the police -officer-citizen interaction, the agency-community relationship, and the legal and ethical questions of policing in a democratic society. Considers the background of policing, the problems it must meet in the future, the police task, the major kinds of police work, and the system relationships which tie the police to the community and the criminal justice system. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing.
Instructor: Andrew Thompson

R Crj 353 (Class # 1195)
American Criminal Courts (3)
Examines the organization and operations of state and local criminal court systems from the perspective of social science research and public policy analysis. Major issues include: the role of courts in American society; bail and pre-trial procedures; the roles and decisions of prosecutors, judges and the defense bar; selection and operation of grand juries and trial juries; sentencing of criminal defendants; and others. The operations of juvenile and adult courts are compared, and efforts directed toward court reform are assessed. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing.
Instructor: Andrea Kordzek

School of Public Health

Environmental Health Science

H Ehs 590 (Class # 1306)
Introduction to Environmental Health (3)
During the exploration of myriad environmental health related topics, students in this course gain an understanding of the interactions between individuals and communities with the environment, approaches to investigating these interactions, potential impacts of environmental agents on human health and of specific applications of environmental health concepts to public health. Prerequisite: College level biology course or permission of instructor. E-mail department to request permission to enroll.
Instructor: Stacey Helming

Health Policy and Management

H Hpm 669 (Class # 1197)
Management of Health Educational and Promotional Programs (3)
Seminar format to study selected health policy issues. Possible topics include assessing the regulation of the medical care industry in New York; public policy for trauma prevention and care; learning about quality of care implications for public policy; improving the health of people in poverty; setting priorities in environmental and occupational health, theory and practice of health systems planning, nutrition programs and policy, international health, topics in women's health. Prerequisite: HHPM500 or consent of instructor. E-mail department to request permission to enroll.
Instructor: Dawn Bleyenburg

Rockefeller College

Public Administration

R Pad 140 (Class # 1225)/
R Pos 140 (Class # 1224)

Introduction to Public Policy (3)
Introduction to theories of how democracies make public policy. Describes the roles of government institutions, the media, and interest groups in the policy process. Reviews current theories of how problems are identified and how policies are formulated, enacted, and implemented to address public problems. Only one of R PUB 140 and R POS 140 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Amani Edwards

R Pad 399 (Class # 1302)
Selected Topics: The Climate Crisis - Law and Justice (3)
"It is the poorest of the poor in the world, and this includes poor people even in prosperous societies, who are going to be the worst hit" concluded the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Yet the catastrophic climate change impacts we see today - wildfires, floods, drought, heat waves  - are the result of the world’s wealthiest nations burning coal, oil, and gas for energy to fuel their development. This course looks at the climate crisis through the lens of the law, placing racial and economic justice at the heart of the examination. After a general introduction to climate science, we will examine four centrally important cases or laws  involving the issue of climate change from the perspective of people of color, indigenous communities, and human rights. These involve case studies of indigenous nations,  communities of color, and cases brought by children against the U.S. government. The course is asynchronous with four optional synchronous Zoom sessions (on the following dates from 4:00pm-5:30pm: Dec 17, 23, 29 & Jan 12) to introduce each module and to bring advocates into the classroom. The work of the course will consist of submission of legal-style writings every week; no previous legal study is required. May be repeated for credit if content varies.
Instructor: Eleanor Stein

Political Science

R Pos 101 (Class # 1026)
American Politics (3)
Introduction to the study of politics, focusing on American national government. Includes some discussion of theoretical questions (such as authority, representation, and consent) and some illustrative examples from the area of comparative and international politics.
Instructor: Keith Preble

R Pos 102 (Class # 1134)
Comparative and International Politics (3)
Comparative and international politics embodies the notion of “know the world, know yourself.” This course introduces students to key scholarly discussions about how to compare politics in different countries and how to study global politics. There are no prerequisite requirements, except for an open mind and curiosity for domestic politics around the globe and world politics in general. By the end of the class, students should be familiar with the key concepts and debates in international affairs and recognize the value of learning about different polities around the world. Only one version of R POS 102 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Charmaine Willis

R Pos 206 (Class # 1258)
Politics in Film (3)
This course examines representations of selected aspects of politics in film. The class will use movies as primary texts to analyze campaigns and elections, political parties, war in its multiple expressions, the military, immigration, censorship, the criminal justice system, and the participation of minorities in the political process, among others. Although this will not be the primary focus of the course, the course will also explore the implications of media representations of politics for democracy and democratic participation.
Instructor: Jose Cruz

R Pos 356 (Class # 1167)
Russian Foreign Policy (3)
Survey of Soviet and Russian activities in international relations, 1917 to the present. Attention is focused on the Soviet Unions relations with Western Europe, Eastern Europe, China, the developing nations, and the United States, and contemporary Russian policy. Previous study of Soviet internal politics is desirable, but not a prerequisite.
Instructor: Inguna Miller

R Pos 361 (Class # 1301)
Comparative Ethnicity (3)
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of ethnicity in comparative politics. In this course, we'll examine the key theoretical and empirical questions about ethnic politics in different contexts. We’ll address two key questions in the course introduction: what is ethnic identity? what makes ethnicity politically salient? Then we’ll explore the relationship between ethnicity and democracy, followed by a discussion on the causes of ethnic conflicts. Finally, we'll situate the development of ethnic politics in the context of America and focus on issues such as immigration, racism, and white supremacy in light of the current political climate. The course materials are complemented by assignments designed to sharpen students' analytical skills in the subject area.
Instructor: Zheng Wang

R Pos 365 (Class # 1260)
Government & Mass Media (3)
Study of the relation of the mass media to the American political process, including an examination of the effect of the mass media on legislative actions, the executive, voting behavior, and the bureaucracy.
Instructor: Sean McKeever

R Pos 399 (Class # 1305)
Selected Topics: Social Movements & Protests
Why and how do people participate in protest or other types of social movements? Working outside of existing, institutional structures, social movements serve as central modes of political participation and key agents of political, social, and cultural change in both democratic and nondemocratic societies. This course focuses on key frameworks, concepts, and theories for understanding the origins, trajectories, tactics, and effects of social movements. Students will have the opportunity to look at a range of historical and contemporary social movements related to racial, class, gender, and other social and political issues inside and beyond the boundaries of the US. May be repeated for credit if content varies.
Instructor: Jiacheng Ren

Study Abroad

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